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Sunderland school children host commemorative presentation evening

07 June 2012

Students at Springwell Dene School in Sunderland have hosted a presentation evening for the relatives of seven local men killed on the Somme.

For the past three years the school has organised a trip to the battlefields and memorials of the Somme. This year - after a campaign in the local press to find interested relatives - the pupils placed a cross in memory of seven men from their area who were killed in battle.

It was discovered that five of the men have no known grave, and so are commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. One is buried at Hermies Hill British Cemetery,  and another at Pozieres British Cemetery

The families of the seven men were presented with photographs of the memorials and certificates downloaded from our website.

Springwell Dene caters for children who find it difficult to cope in the mainstream school environment.

Assistant head, Alan Douglas, said the trips meant a lot to the students - many of whom had not been outside the UK before. They were particularly affected by the large number of men from the Sunderland area who had been killed - and how young they were.

Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, Mr. Douglas explained: "It gives the trip greater interest for the young people, enabling the students to play a greater positive role in society is one of our many aims."


More photographs from the trip and presentation evening can be found on our Facebook page.